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If you are passionate about singing, then KU has a choir for you. Ensembles are open by audition to all students at the University, regardless of major. Whether you are an accomplished singer or someone seeking to develop and refine your vocal abilities, you will find a place in one of our choirs. KU choirs perform various concerts throughout the school year, and then combine with the Symphonic Orchestra for the Holiday Vespers in December and a major concert in the spring semester. In addition to performances in the fall and spring semesters, KU also boasts a Summer Chorus that provides an opportunity for additional performances in the summer months.

The KU choirs enjoy an excellent national reputation, having made recent appearances at regional and national American Choral Directors’ Association conventions, performances on National Public Radio and Public Television, and recent tours to England (1998), France (1999), Hungary (2000), Brazil (2001), Australia (2002), the Eastern United States (2003), Colorado (2004), Los Angeles/San Diego (2005), Austria/Germany/Italy (2005), cities and towns in Kansas (2005), Dallas (2006), Chicago (2005 and 2006), England/Scotland (2007), and Italy (2010). We invite you to become part of the great choral tradition at KU!

In addition to the official choral ensembles at KU, several other student led ensembles exist. These ensembles provide opportunities for students to perform a various styles of music. There is a Gospel Choir, Jewish Choir, as well as Vocal Jazz ensembles. We invite you to become part of the great choral tradition at KU!
 

Bales Chorale

Photo of Bales HallReahearsal Time
MWF 9:00 - 9:50 a.m.

Rehearsal Location
Murphy Hall, Room 328

Conductor
Dr. Michael Bauer | mbauer@ku.edu

Description
Bales Chorale is an ensemble of 25-30 singers specializing in the performance of sacred choral literature with emphasis on choral works with organ. Bale Chorale is led by graduate students enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program in church music. All Bales Chorale performances are presented in the Bales Organ Recital Hall.

Chamber Singers

KU Chamber SingersRehearsal Time
MWF 1:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Rehearsal Location
Murphy Hall, Room 328

Conductor
Dr. Paul Tucker | ptucker@ku.edu

Description
Chamber Singers is a select mixed ensemble of 24-30 voices, generally for graduate students or advanced juniors and seniors majoring in music. This ensemble performs regularly throughout the semester and is the main touring choir at the university. Chamber Singers performs for special events on and off campus and makes at least one tour each year. Membership in Chamber Singers requires a high level of musicianship, outstanding reading skills, and dedication to the choral arts. Members of this ensemble also perform with the Symphonic Chorus.

Collegium Musicum

Photo of Collegium Musicum PerformingRehearsal Time
TR 11:00 - 12:15 p.m.

Rehearsal Location
Murphy Hall, Room 328

Conductor
Jim Davidson | jamesdavidson@ku.edu

Description
Collegium Musicum is a 16-20 member mixed chamber ensemble specializing in early choral literature. This ensemble combines with the KU Instrumental Collegium Musicum for at least one performance each semester. Collegium Musicum is typically led by a doctoral student in choral conducting.

Concert Choir

Concert Choir in Bales Recital HallRehearsal Time
MWF 1:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Rehearsal Location
Murphy Hall, Room 328

Conductor
Dr. Mariana Farah | mfarah@ku.edu

Description
Concert Choir is the largest select mixed choral ensemble at KU, and is comprised of up to 70 singers. This ensemble performs works that span the entire breadth of the choral literary tradition and requires an advanced level of musicianship and ensemble skills from its members. The Concert Choir typically performs literature for larger ensembles, at times featuring music for double-chorus. Members of this ensemble also belong to the Symphonic Chorus.

Men's Glee Club

Photo of Men's Glee ClubRehearsal Time
TR 3:00 - 4:20 p.m.

Rehearsal Location
Murphy Hall, Room 328

Conductor
Christopher Smith | christophersmith@ku.edu

Description
As the oldest continuous choral ensemble at KU, the Men's Glee Club is an ensemble of 35-50 men. The group performs a wide variety of choral repertoire, ranging from standard classical literature to KU fight songs. Men’s Glee performs regularly for events on campus and for special engagements off campus. The members of the Men’s Glee Club also belong to the Symphonic Chorus.
Photo of Men's Glee at Allen Fieldhouse

University Singers

Photo of The University Singers on KU CampusRehearsal Time
MWF 10:00 - 10:50 a.m.

Rehearsal Location
Murphy Hall, Room 328

Conductor
Rob Mance | r621m070@ku.edu

Description
University Singers is a large mixed chorus of 45-60 undergraduate voices that performs a variety of choral literature while concentrating on basic ensemble and musicianship skills. Members of University Singers also perform with the Symphonic Chorus.

Women's Chorale

Photo of Women's Chorale on StaircaseRehearsal Time
MWF 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.

Rehearsal Location
Murphy Hall, Room 328

Conductor
Dr. Mariana Farah | mfarah@ku.edu

Description
Women's Chorale is a select ensemble of 24-30 women who specialize in the performance of a wide variety of music for treble voices. The members of the Women’s Chorale also participate in the Symphonic Chorus.


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